Apple iOS 7 Adds Ability to Block Unwanted Calls and Texts

Apple is adding a feature to iOS 7 that iPhone that users have wanted for a long time — the ability to block unwanted calls. Here’s how it will work.

New in Apple’s upcoming iOS 7 is a feature that allows you to block unwanted calls easily. It works like a charm, and it’s about time that Apple integrates this into its operating system.

Note: iOS 6 lets you set up what’s essentially a “white list” of calls that will come in when you’re in Do not Disturb mode. But this is a whole new feature that will let you block callers anytime!

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Block Unwanted Calls in iOS 7 Step by Step

If you have unwanted calls from crazy exes or bill collectors that just won’t stop with those harassing phone calls, here’s what you do to stop them — when you update to iOS 7.

1) The first thing to do is go to your call history by launching the phone app and tapping on Recents. It’s that little clock icon.

2)  Now you will need to scroll and find the number you want to block. Tap the “i” icon for information on that call if you need it.

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3) After that, scroll down and find the “Block this Caller” option and tap on it.

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4) Now you will see a prompt asking if you want to block that number — Tap Block Contact.

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5) The contact is blocked! You can unblock it at any time later, but who’d want to do that? Especially if it’s your psycho exes are trying to harass you. For some people, I imagine this update can’t come soon enough!

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In fact, it looks like when the official version of iOS 7 is released, the blocking doesn’t just stop with phone calls and texts. According to the Apple Press Release, it the Additional New Features section, it lists the following:

Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to prevent specific people from being able to contact you.

So not only will you be able to avoid annoying telemarketer and other harassing calls, you can stop all forms of their communications on your phone.



  1. Tom Lucas

    So it also looks like you can configure iOS7 to display signal strength in dBm for us nerds v just ‘bars’ or ‘dots’. How civilized!

    • Steve Krause

      Yeah iOS 7 looks good… I’m just hoping the re-write doesn’t take away what I love the most about it — easy to use and no calls from my mother asking for help on it :)

    • 8Bitjay

      For sure. I will try to write that up at some point. It’s a holdover for a setting I had on iOS 6, so I’ll have to re-test it.

  2. 8Bitjay

    Steve! I’m going to tell your mum you’re blocking her calls! :P

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